the honing of Vlad

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 11:11:36 PST 2006

On 1/27/06, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> I've always been puzzled by people who believe in reincarnation - if I
> can't remember my past, and if whomever has my soul in the future can't
> remember my present - what's the difference between that and being three
> different people?   With this in mind, I look at characters we have met
> in the Halls.   I haven't seen that they are multiple people - from
> their various life times.    Has Steve mentioned what reincarnation
> means in his world?

I have to agree with you about reincarnation--in my mind, it must be
less a belief per se about a factual occurrence than a perspective
about what constitutes identity. And of course, if you allow your
sense of "me" to encompass other beings, who's to say that they can't
exist concurrently? If it tickles your aesthetic fancy to believe that
all humans are serial reincarnations of the only human who ever lived
(or lives), who am I to gainsay you? It appears to be
indistinguishable in practical terms from no belief in reincarnation
at all, although the aesthetics might inspire you to be a little
kinder to other people (or just the opposite).

Fortunately, Vlad's experience appears to be a little less mystical.
At minimum, reincarnation brings certain "genes" with it, apparently
personality traits (at least Sethra thinks so about Vlad/Dolivar), and
perhaps latent memories (Sethra offers to re-awaken Vlad's past
memories, not implant them). "Reincarnation" in the Brustiverse has an
objective reality.


Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.